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Hayden's burn building is 15 miles away and it is free to use for Craig Fire Department, they will even let the department use their equipment and train with them FOR FREE. Firefighters have to do live fire training anyway to keep there credentials. This is something that has been handled for a while now with no problems (they just burned a building last year by 1st street, remember), but now they have to do some paperwork instead of just lighting it on fire. This is a false justification. This is just a way to spend the tax payers money, and they don't need our approval. We already gave them our money. They have all the power, the only thing we can do is remove the board and replace it with one that will make the right decisions, maybe even remove the current officers and restructure. We have a million dollar fire truck that is hardly used, and several other new trucks. For WHAT? A fire department that only can get 1/3 of its members to a major fire (direct quote from the article 30+ members and 10 to 12 respond) How are they going to train in a muti-million dollar building when they can't even get 33 percent to the real deal. Maybe we should look at the pay scale, this is a paid per call department. That's right they get paid between 18 and 20+ dollars an hour, it's not just volunteer, plus they get retirement. This needs action and now. CALL FOR THE REMOVAL OF THE BOARD AND STOP THIS! MAYBE EVEN OFFER THE CURRENT CHIEF A CHANCE TO RETIRE, IF HE DOESN'T GET RID OF HIM! They have the power but we have the say on how they use it.
I was just about to say the same thing. But who wants to hear about the Chief being the prime suspect. Oh YA I DO. It is obvious that the Craig Police Department is covering this up. But the nice thing is that they mention Frank Schmedeke, wasn't he fired for policy violation that were later dropped in court for lack of evidence. But the Chief is on camera with a felony endangering the public, and according to the letter to the editor, 8 different policy violations (6 of which call for termination on the first offense) and he gets a letter of discipline from one of his employees.What a crook, he needs to be gone. Before he hurts someone or an officer or even ruins someone Else's life.
I agree with you ranger520. They would make sure that Craig was protected from someone who did something this stupid by locking him away and taking away his firearm. I am a little confused about the story though. 9news and the Craig Daily press didn't post the same story. They were different. If you tell more than one story to an officer, they call that reasonable suspicion of guilt. I wonder if he is trying to cover up more than this, maybe this wasn’t the first time this has happened. I also wonder what the letter that was wrote to reprimand him said. It would be funny if the Chief wrote it himself, lol. I think this story needs to be revisited and reinvestigated. Interesting fact there are cameras by the bathroom that this happened, I wonder if they are still in evidence.
The checks and balance of the local government is really odd. The Chief of Police answers to the City Manager (which should be contacted regarding this issue) or City Council, but the City Manager/City Council didn't punish the chief it was one of the Chief of Police’s investigators. The Sheriff answers to very few authorities; in fact the only one that I know that can arrest a Sheriff is the County Coroner. I think that our local authorities play on the fact that most of the local people don’t understand the chain of command that they should follow. I really wish someone would speak up in a City Council meeting.
Patrick you really are lucky. I agree that no one should have that much power. Kindof like the president giving himself a pardon. It shouldn't happen. I really wish it was an elected position also. I do know this article has brought a lot of debate and I hope it continues. I know with the right pressure we can change this.
I think you all have a good point. On target I have to say it must be good to be a chief. You can put the public in danger and have a employee (that is under your control) give you a "letter of reprimand". If you read the letter to the editor you will see that he violated several policies that he wrote and signed. And the stories from 9 news and this paper don't add up. I did a search on the internet for similar incidents, almost always the officer was terminated. Even a police chief that had a firearm in his own car, their polices were that "a firearm need to be secure at all times". I guess Craig doesn't have that policy, nevermind they do if you read their policies on the web under http://www.craigpolice.org/general_orders.htm. This is a good site to go to, we all need to know what the police can and CAN'T do. We need to go to the city manager and state our opinions. We are the ones that foot the bill for their cars and their paychecks, etc. We need to push for the right actions, and that starts with letters to city council and the city manager. If we let this go they will sweep it under the rug. We can still act, call CBI (colorado Bur. of Investigations), call city council members, call your neighbor. Do we want the local police to have this much control or do we want our peaceful little town back.
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